Austrian news media confirm that singer Tom Neuwirth, better known by the stage name Conchita Wurst, was chosen by Austrian broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) to represent Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Conchita Wurst performs at Österreich rockt den Song Contest 2012.
Conchita Wurst performs at Österreich rockt den Song Contest 2012.

Eurovision fans may remember Conchita, 25, as the runner up in 2012’s Österreich rockt den Song Contest to represent Austria in Eurovision 2012. Conchita’s song, “That’s What I Am”, came second to Trackshittaz’ “Woki mit deim popo”, which eventually got a dismal last place in the first semifinal.

With trademark bejeweled dresses, long hair, and a bearded visage, Conchita is definitely an interesting choice for next year’s contest. What do you think of the Austrian broadcaster’s decision? Could Conchita bring the Eurovision Song Contest to Austria in 2015?  Discuss with other Eurovision fans in the ESC United Forum for Austria 2014.

You can watch Conchita Wurst’s performance on Österreich rockt den Song Contest in the video below:

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(Photos courtesy ESCAustria.at on Flickr.)

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4 Comments

  1. Matt Friedrichs

    September 10, 2013 at 16:26

    Wow, I did not see that one coming. A very brave choice, whether or not it’ll pay off remains to be seen.

  2. rajo

    September 10, 2013 at 18:12

    Conchita is soooo adorable, I love her!

    But please stop being a political messenger for “tolerance” and just be yourself. Austria never fared well with political correctness and lessons!!

  3. Matt Friedrichs

    September 10, 2013 at 19:18

    Conchita is a solid vocalist and overall very likeable so my fingers are crossed. They better pick the right song though and not a bore festival like “Shine” (no offense to the wonderful Natialia Kelly)

  4. Zack

    September 10, 2013 at 23:51

    Agree Rajo. Not sure if it’s supporting tolerance or pandering to the gay vote

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